Sigiriya Rallycross 2018 will see over 200 drivers and riders competing in 24 races on Sunday the 27th of May at the Sri Lanka Airforce runway in the historic city of Sigiriya.
The 5th edition of the race will be organized by Sri Lanka Automobile Drivers’ Association (SLADA) and will be part of the Sri Lanka Automobile Sports Championship (SLAS).
This year’s racing event will be held in aid of the Seva Vanitha unit of Sri Lanka Air Force.
Despite the weather, the much-anticipated racing event is expected to attract a large number of spectators, especially due to the competitiveness of the race in the past couple of years.
Sigiriya Rallycross inaugurated in 2013 and this year will be the 5th consecutive year of racing. Last year’s rallycross was postponed and held on the 1st of October due to certain inevitable factors.
About the track
The Sri Lanka Airforce runway or the Sigiriya race track is Sri Lanka’s only track with a combination of both Gravel and Tarmac. The motorcycle track has nearly 10 jumps and is one of the longest in the country.
However, the prevailing weather conditions may have an effect on the gravel area, particularly when it gets muddy. The riders may find it a bit challenging if conditions get worse.
In 2017, Ishan Dassanayake won both motos and was crowned champion rider at the Sigiriya rallycross before winning the all-important national title.
Meanwhile, Ashan Silva got the better of Kushan Peiris in SLGT Race 1 but Kushan bounced back to win Race 2. Kushan also won the SL H and Ford Laser event and was crowned best driver.
All eyes will be on Kushan Peiris and Ashan Silva, with Ashan contemplating his revenge. Moreover, Ishan Dassanayake will feel confident with comparatively less competition in the riders segment. He is tipped to finish ahead of Evon Gurusingha and Gayan Sandaruwan.
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